Ariessa Lam (Left) and Sherry Wong
KUCHING: Winning a subsidiary title in the Miss Cheongsam Malaysia 2012 is not an easy thing to do, as you have to overcome many obstacles to be accepted into the talent show before you compete for a place in the top eight for the grand final.
Out of the 18 finalists for the Miss Cheongsam Malaysia 2012, twelve were selected to compete for the subsidiary title of Miss Talent, held on Thursday night here.
Only eight made it to the finals for the Miss Talent title that will be contested at the Miss Cheongsam Malaysia 2012 grand finale at Riverside Majestic Hotel tonight (Feb 4).
Joanne Soo, a 25-year-old assistant manager from Penang, who made it to the top eight, said she needed to boost her confidence and skills to stand a better chance of winning the subsidiary title.
“I performed a Latin dance during the Miss Talent night and I will perform the dance again at the grand final.
“I took up Latin dance classes six months ago as it has been my passion. The dance moves are not easy, as I need to be more supple and sexier. Anyway, I will try my very best during the final round,” she told The Borneo Post yesterday.
Evon Thian, aged 20, from Kuching, who performed a modern dance, said she took four days to practise her steps before the show on Thursday.
She was glad to be in the top eight and she promised to enhance her steps and be more confident when she competes for the title tonight.
She admitted that she was a little nervous on Thursday as the stage was small, which limited her movements.
“The small stage made me nervous and I lacked the confidence because of some limitations in my dance.
“However, I am prepared to compete again,” said Thian, who is currently taking a part-time accounting course.
Another finalist, 23-year-old beautician from Muar, Johor Albee Ng who sang a Hokkien song said since she is a part-time singer in her hometown, she believes she can perform confidently at the finals.
“I usually perform with live bands in hotels and dinners functions when I am in Johor. Singing is my passion. I think I performed my best during the Miss Talent night and I am ready to do it again in the finals,” she said, adding she would choose another Hokkien song for the competition.
She said she would focus more on vocal training before the grand finale tonight.
Meanwhile, Ariessa Lam, 21, from Ipoh, Perak, who did not make the top eight but said she would focus on giving her best to win the Miss Cheongsam Malaysia 2012 title.
The freelance make-up artist admitted she was disappointed for not being chosen to compete for the Miss Talent subsidiary title.
She performed a Chinese tradiational song and dance that she had been practising for two months.
“I believe the reason I was not chosen was because I had made some mistakes during my performance, and since I am now having a cough, it affected my singing.
“I do feel disappointed but I am taking it positively as I tried my best,” she said, adding she had joined several beauty pageants before.
Sherry Wong a 23-year-old make-up artist, who also failed to make it to the top eight, took it as a blessing in disguise, because it gave her a new experience and helped her make new friends from different parts of Malaysia.
She said all the contestants were very good and talented, but the judges had to pick only eight, something she believed was tough to do.
“I performed a free-style modern dance. I enjoyed myself and every one of us had did our very best. From what I see, every one of us is talented in our own way.
“But the judges can only select eight winners. So I am okay with it, and I have learnt something new,” said Wong, who hails from Muar, Johor too.
When asked to comment on the overall performance of the Miss Talent show, organiser and pageant founder Allaric Soh said it was not what he had expected because he hoped to see more contestants performing Chinese traditional songs or even playing traditional musical instruments aimed at preserving Chinese culture.
He explained that since the competition is a Miss Cheongsam competition, he hoped it would promote Chinese culture.
“The overall performance was fine. But I really want to encourage participants to perform Chinese traditional dances to preserve the culture. In my 22 years experience, I have seen a lack of Chinese traditional dance performances each year.
“Many of the contestants would do a hip-hop or modern dance. I think today’s young people are so much influenced by this modern dance culture,” Soh said.
He hoped more beauty pageants would seek to promote the Chinese culture through traditional dances or musical performances.